Last Summer holidays we hit Delamere Forest to take part in the Gruffalo Trail and though we somehow managed to miss out a few of the pictures we still had a great day and were keen to revisit. When I found out about the new Gruffalo Orienteering at Delamere Forest I knew we had to go!
The previous Gruffalo Trail basically involved walking around the route, following the signs and spotting some large character pictures pinned to trees along the way. It made for a lovely walk around the forest and gave the children something a little extra to spur them on when they were getting tired.
This year however the Gruffalo Trail has been pimped up and is now “Gruffalo Orienteering” – to take part you need to purchase your map from the Delamere Cafe at a cost of £1.50. The pack basically consists of an A4 map and a leaflet with questions on. The idea being that you follow the map to identify the Gruffalo markers and find the answers to the questions as you go. I loved that this added an extra element of challenge for our boys who, now a year older, were able to have a go at following the map and were more than capable of reading and answering the questions as we went around. It made it really exciting for them and the questions were pitched perfectly to draw out what the children already knew and add a little to their knowledge of the forest.
Now you can just follow the route around the forest without the map and it would make for a lovely walk, however you’d probably struggle to find the twelve Gruffalo markers as many of them are hidden just off the track – even with the map I must admit we missed out a couple!! (I blame the boys and their underdeveloped map reading skills!) So yes, I would suggest investing in your map at the start if you do want to find them all!
We were all really excited to discover that the Gruffalo statue was still there towards the end of the route and of course couldn’t resist a photo opportunity.
In terms of accessibility you could have happily walked around with a pushchair today as the ground was quite dry however we chose to leave ours behind this time and just use carriers. Erin tried out our new Hamahaki Hopp and Amy was more than happy to be carried around in our faithful Beco Soleil. There were plenty of people riding bikes around the route as well – something which I’m sure our boys might enjoy another time!
Of course being super successful Gruffalo Orienteers we more than deserved our ice creams – the range of flavours available is epic and I fully recommend the blackcurrant cheesecake! (At £2 for a generous single scoop you can’t complain.)